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The Rowan County softball team is preparing to open the 2019 season. WMKY's Leeann Akers has the story...

Rowan County's baseball team is preparing for the 2019 season. WMKY's Leeann Akers has the story...

Morehead State University

A bill being introduced to a Senate committee today could make a big difference to the budgets of regional universities in Kentucky.

If passed, House Bill 358 would allow higher education organizations and some other state agencies to leave the state’s pension system in exchange for paying off their share of the retirement debt over 25 years. The agencies would then be required to provide other retirement plans to employees.

A charge of violating a domestic violence order against the former mayor of Morehead has been dismissed. 

Jim Tom Trent appeared in Fayette District Court on February 28th, where the misdemeanor charge was dismissed. 

Trent was arrested in November 2018 for allegedly violating a DVO.

Rowan County Sheriff Matt Sparks said at the time that the arrest could have been a clerical error.

The violation charge was dismissed without prejudice.

Pathways Inc (3/1)

Mar 6, 2019

Morehead Theatre Guild

March 1, 2, 8 & 9th at 7:30pm; March 3rd and 10th at 2:00pm, Rowan County Arts Center Tickets Available Now on this website, ​by calling the RCAC at 606-783-9857, or at the door!

Catch us in the act as we present Deborah Zoe-Laufer's award-winning, provocative dark comedy that pits science, religion and suburbia against one another - and treats them all with compassion, humor and heartbreak. MATURE themes. Not recommended for children 12 and under. 

Feb. 14-17 and 21-24, 2019

All shows begin at 7:30 except for Sunday performances, which begin at 2 p.m. Reservations are required for all productions and can be made by calling 606-783-2170 or via email at mtdboxoffice@moreheadstate.edu.


A Rowan County judge has responded to new charges from the Judicial Conduct Commission. 

Beth Maze is Circuit Court Judge for Kentucky's 21st Judicial Circuit consisting of Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, and Rowan counties.  Maze is currently on paid administrative leave pending charges from the Judicial Conduct Committee AND criminal charges in Bath County stemming from an incident with the arrest of her ex-husband in 2017.

Morehead Conference Center

Community leaders will hold a meeting Monday in Morehead to discuss the fate of the Kentucky Folk Arts Center and the Laughlin Health Building project. 

Morehead City Council and the Rowan County Fiscal Court will hold a joint special meeting at 4 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center with representatives from Morehead State University. 


Rowan Contains without heat will not have access to a warming shelter this week, but that doesn’t mean they will be left out in the cold.

City and county officials teamed up with the Salvation Army in the past to open warming shelters, but are now offering to put those in need up in a local hotel.

Gateway Area Homeless shelter spokesperson Ashley Straka says the option will be open to Rowan County residents through March 1st. 

Adkins files

Jan 24, 2019
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

A Democratic lawmaker will officially file paperwork to run for governor today.

House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins announced his intention to run for Kentucky’s top seat at an event in Morehead back in November. 

Adkins, who has to date raised more than $600-thousand dollars in donations, says he has been pleased with fundraising and statewide support so far.  

Adkins says he plans to campaign on his support of public education and public employees.

Matt Stokes

The Lady Vikings took down Glasglow in the first round of the Kentucky 2A State Championship in Owensboro Friday afternoon. 

Rowan took the 65-43 victory to move to 14 and 3 on the season.  Coach Matt Stokes says his team sat down with film before the match up so they could figure out exactly how to win...

Rowan will face Scott High in Round two of the tournament Saturday at 2 p.m.  Stokes says his team will spend this evening making a game plan for tomorrow. 

Former Mayor has active DVO

Jan 4, 2019
The Morehead News

A Fayette County Judge confirmed last week that the former mayor of Morehead has an active Domestic Violence Order in place against him.   

Jim Tom Trent was arrested for allegedly contacting the victim of the DVO electronically on September 24th.  At the time of his arrest, he told authorities the charge was a clerical error and that the DVO had been set aside.

Conway indicted

Jan 2, 2019
Maysville Ledger Independent

A former Fleming County school district employee has been indicted. 

Gregory Conway was the districtwide operations and finance director for the Fleming district but resigned last June when an investigation into his actions was announced. 

The Kentucky State Police testified in front of a grand jury in December, and they handed down a two-count indictment against Conway.

We are working on it

Dec 14, 2018

Morehead State Public Radio is experiencing some technical difficulties this morning. 

Officials with Grayson Rural Electric and East Kentuckly Power say an outage at the Elliottville substation is affecting 2,080 members.  

Crews are enroute to the station now and hope to restore power as soon as possible.  

Although we are off the air, you can still listen online here at WMKY.org.   We will return to the airwaves as soon as possible.

The Morehead News

Outgoing Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent will be arraigned in Fayette Circuit Court later this month. 

Jim Tom Trent claims his arrest in November for Violation of a Domestic Violence Order was a clerical error. 

Rowan County Sheriff Matt Sparks said Trent provided documentation at the time of his arrest that said the D-V-O had been set aside.  

City of Morehead

The Rowan County Sheriff says the arrest of the mayor of Morehead was due to a clerical error.

Morehead Mayor Jim Tom Trent was arrested Wednesday for violating a domestic violence order that has been in place against him in Fayette County.

Sheriff Matt Sparks says when he went to make the arrest, he believed there was some mistake.

Trent was released on a $3-thousand dollar cash bond.  No court date has been set in the case. Trent has declined to comment on the incident.


A District Judge was ordered to pay a $25 dollar fine and $130-dollar court costs after charges against him were amended.

Judge Willie Roberts was involved in a March 10th hit-and-run accident on Interstate-64. According to the criminal summons, Roberts is accused of leaving the scene of an accident after rear-ending a woman on the eastbound i-64 off-ramp in Morehead.

When he appeared before a judge on October 24th, Special Prosecutor Ryan Thomas recommended the charges be changed to failure to file an accident report.  

A Bath County Sheriff Deputy was arrested yesterday in Morehead. 

According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, 37-year old Joshua Preece was charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor.  Preece was arrested at his home on Seas Branch Road Thursday after a state investigation. 

Bath County Sheriff John Snedegar confirmed that Preece was a deputy and worked for the K-S-P post in Morehead for about 10 years prior to being hired.  

Final Results

Preliminary results for Fleming County, with 18 of 18 precincts reporting.  

U.S Representative  in the 6th Congressional District:

Andy Barr 3,926

Amy McGrath 1,638

Frank Harris 31

Rikka Wallin 12

James Germalic 11

County Attorney:

Monica Hill 3,436

John Price 2,130


Timothy Cooper 3,294

Rodney Earlywine 2,189